2001 Fief de la Grange, St Julien
Attractive garnet colour with complex fairly complex aromas of at first cherry stones, kirsch and coffee. After agitation one does notice a touch of vegetal but otherwise the nose is an enticing combination of liquorice and sweet black cherry.
Sweet roundness on the palate of ripe but fresh black fruit. This gives this wine a lovely balance and elegance. Good length. A wine of complexity and finesse of medium weight.
2001 Chateau Lagrange, 3rd Growth, St Julien
Darker in colour, dark purple and very dense. The colour was darker and still more purple than red – less evolved than for the second wine. The noise was surprisingly less intense than for the second wine with minty, blackcurrant slightly smokey aromas. A less developed ‘younger nose’. On the palate round ripe fruit with concentration and persistance. Nice contrast of a minty freshness and vanilla sweetness. Slight astringence on the finish. Altogether a more intense, powerful wine with plenty of potential and still its best to come in three or four years.